By Mark Elezaj
This Saturday night, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City, Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) will be defending his WBO Welterweight title against Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) in Top Rank’s first telecast on ESPN PPV.
Khan believes he can beat Crawford.
“For me to win this fight I have to be on my A-game and make no mistakes. I’m not going to go in there thinking I’m the bigger fighter, my skills will win me this fight, not my size or my power. My IQ will win this one.”
I’m a fully-fledged welterweight who hits hard. I’m am unbeaten welterweight fighter and it’s the weight I feel comfortable at and that I feel strong at. I’ve got the perfect size whereas the other weights might have been too much for me, like when I fought Canelo,” he recently told BT Sports.
Crawford says that he has respects for his opponent:
“This is a big fight. Amir Khan never lost in the welterweight division. He knows what he is doing in the ring. He boxes really good. He is really crafty. He is a veteran. His is going to be a tough fight.”
“I go into the fight looking to get the win. If the knockout comes it comes but that’s not what I am focusing on or looking at. It is boxing so anything can happen. We prepare to go 12 hard rounds and that’s the way we are going to take it.”
According to https://www.proboxingodds.com, Crawford is the heavy favorite. Crawford comes in at -2000, meaning you’d would have to bet $2,000 to win $100. Khan, on the other hand, is at a +1200, meaning that you would have to bet $100 to win $1,200.
THE FIGHTING VOICE’S PREDICTIONS:
“Khan will try to keep Crawford at a distance with his speed to win on the cards because Crawford usually starts slow, but if Crawford can find his rhythm and test Khan’s chin, he’ll end it somewhere in the later rounds, possibly the 9th or 10th” -Geo Kocovic
“Khan by decision” – Rocky Elezovic
“Crawford by ko in 5” – Frank Elezaj
“Crawford by unanimous decision” – Ben Kocovic
“BUD CRAWFORD TKO Round 9” – Gezim Camaj
“Crawford by KO in 6” – Melvin Fernandez
“Amir Khan by decision… because he’s AWESOME!” – Carmen Kocovic
“Crawford is known to be a slow starter at times, but Khan still posses speed and power. I can see Khan having some early success, maybe even winning the first 2-3 rounds, like he did against Canelo, but once Crawford catches him, he is dictating the fight from that point on. Khan’s chin has always been an issue and Crawford’s power punches will show that again. Crawford knocks him out in 8” – Mark Elezaj
Crawford 6 – Khan 2
~ The Fighting Voice ~